New Recommended Method of Birth Control

According to a newly published policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending IUDS and hormonal implants be given as first line ?options for preventing pregnancy in adolescents.

IUDs, intrauterine devices, are small T-shaped devices containing hormones or copper that is inserted into the womb to prevent pregnancy. Hormone-containing birth control implants are matchstick-sized plastic rods placed under the skin of the upper arm.

Teens have to remember to use birth control pills and condoms consistently, in contrast, the IUDs work from three to ten years after insertion,and hormonal implants typically three years.

The nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends that teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants given the long-acting birth control methods are effective, safe, and easy to use. Teens should also use condoms every time teens engage is sex.

Condoms, though the most common form of birth control among teens, are among the least effective methods of preventing pregnancy. However, condom use does provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases that other forms of birth control don't provide, as well as boosting chances of preventing pregnancy.

The policy emphasizes that only abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and that pediatricians should  encourage teens to delay sexual activities "until they are ready." However, should teens not heed that advice, the policy also says pediatricians need to provide birth control guidance.

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